Appetite For Destruction
There was a time when clubs that catered to original music wouldn’t dream of booking a cover band, let alone a tribute band that dresses up like their musical heroes and does their best note-for-note impersonation of either the artists’ albums or legendary stage shows. However, the times continue to change, and what was once anathema is now a heartily embraced guilty pleasure. Word on the street is that this is one of the best such G’nR’ encomiums on the East Coast and maybe in the U.S. While you’re waiting around to hear the interminably-delayed mess that’s Chinese Democracy, you can satisfy your Axl jones with this sure-to-sell-out show. Advance $10 tix are available at the bar. Sat., 10 pm, The Jinx.
The Freddy Cole Trio
This gifted pianist and singer’s voice sounds an awful lot like his brother, the late Nat “King” Cole, and he for one has no complaints about that! An internationally-celebrated jazz artist in his own right, he tours worldwide and has released several acclaimed CDs. This special Valentine’s Day show kicks off a 4-night residency at this new Broughton St. listening club. Call 231-8369 for reservations. Wed. - Sat., 8 pm, 9:30 pm, 11 pm, Kokopelli’s Jazz Club.
I so dig this earnest, post-modern low-fi quirk (courtesy of songwriter Chris Staples). Sequenced drums, vintage synth lines, surf guitar tones and playful vocal harmonies abound in a sonic realm that’s vaguely British-sounding, despite its Northeastern U.S. roots. Also on the bill, buzzworthy local indie/anti-folk/Invisible Republicans Lion Versus, and the secret weapon of this bill, Lakeland, Fla.’s The Dark Romantics, a coy, new-wave-influenced gloomy (but sultry and dancey) rock act that fans of Electric Six and New Order should dig with a shovel. Tues., 7 pm, The Sentient Bean - ALL-AGES.
Night of The Divas
Upstart new local orchestral group The Savannah Sinfonietta continues to run this show, with special guest vocalists soprano Mary Wilson and tenor Vale Rideout. IN honor of Valentine’s Day, the repertoire is drawn from operatic and American standards dealing with love and romance! For details on upgrading your tickets to the Trinity show into a “Deluxe Gala” (including pre-show cocktails and a catered dinner at the nearby Jepson Center), call Bill Keith at 441-7735. Wed., 7:45 pm, Trinity United Methodist (Telfair Square) + Thurs., 7:30 pm, Jewish Education Alliance (5111 Abercorn St.) + Sat., 7:30 pm, Skidaway Presbyterian Church (The Landings).
“Save Café Loco Benefit”
When fire hit this funky bar, restaurant and live music venue several months ago, owner Joel Solomon swore he’d rebuild soon, but insurance negotiations drug on, and now some performers who called that place a second home (such as “Georgia Kyle” Shiver and Jude Michaels) are putting on a show at another Tybee eatery to help get this thing back on track. Besides plenty of guitar-oriented entertainment, there will also be a 50/50 raffle, a live and silent auction and more. Call 786-7009 or 604-3762 for more details. Sat., 2 pm, Fannie’s On The Beach (Tybee).
Southern Ga. Symphony
“An Appointment with Bach, Barber and Strauss” finds this regional orchestra (featuring both student and pro players) adding classically-trained vocalist Heidi Bindhammer (she’ll knock you out!) and flutist Anna Thibeault to their entourage. Avail thyself! Sat., 8 pm, Lucas Theatre + Sun., 3 pm, Georgia Southern Performing Arts Center (Statesboro).
The Wolfe Tones
I’d never heard of this band, but have learned they’re the grand old men of the modern Celtic rock genre. They first toured the U.S. in ‘66 (!) and popularized rebellious Irish-themed folk-rock throughout the world. A split a few years back has left some original members feuding over the rights to the name, but regardless, this is a rare chance to see some of the progenitors of this art form up close and personal. Advance $15 tix are on sale at the bar. Thurs., 9 pm, Murphy’s Law Irish Pub.
A world musician in the truest sense of the world, this German-born, Seattle-based globe-trotting singer/songwriter (and fantastic guitarist) draws on many cultures for his contemporary, modern acoustic pop and folk. His time living in Brazil informs much of his work, and the sultry grooves and poly-rhythms he employs have drawn understandable comparisons to some of Sting’s poppiest jazz excursions. This bodes to be one of the more intoxicating shows of late at this low-key java juke. Sat., 8 pm, The Sentient Bean.